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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jul 16, 2013 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anthem of the Sun Tour - East Coast

The Electric Circus is the place where I saw Hendrix playing once in '67 or '68. Several of us punks from NJ went into Greenwich Village that night and wound up going there. I was sixteen in '68. I can't remember the place or what year it was. It would have been The Electric Circus. Thanks for the footnote and the heads-up. I don't remember much about this, I wasn't a hippie yet, nor was I a Deadhead yet. I do remember a few years later I mentioned this a couple of times to friends.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 16, 2013 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anthem of the Sun Tour - East Coast

A lot of these places were small clubs, and bands like the Dead were relatively unknown. "Hippiedom" really broke in NYC in 1968. When I first went to see them in '67, I had no idea what the hell was going on. I just knew that it was rebellious. Walking into a head shop--what the hell was this about? Walking downstairs to the Cafe Au GoGo with the splattered day glo walls--totally alien to me. I didn't even know that was reefer I was smelling. By 1968, I was clued in and downtown almost every weekend for the next 3 years. What a time. Too bad only a few people tried taping--at Coltrane concerts, and a few rock shows. Now everyone whips out their cell phones! Of course, the sound was so loud that the tapes--on cheap recorders--would have distorted to a high degree.